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For over 25 years, the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts has provided a world-class education to students within our community and around the world.

Building on the vision of our late founder Scott MacAulay, the College now enters into a new era of excellence. We have already raised initial funding of $2,700,000 and designed a modern facility that will provide new opportunities for enhanced learning, culture, and community.

The new Performing Arts Education Centre is equipped to facilitate the growing needs of students, faculty, and programming. Each space is carefully designed to invite hard work, inspire dedication and provide opportunity to o er more programming — and to more students — than ever before.

We invite you, our neighbors, to join us in a combined e ort of public, private and corporate partnership to make this project a reality. Let’s work together and empower generations to come. Let’s work together and build the Performing Arts and Education Centre.

Questions? Call us for more information.

Business Manager
The College of Piping and Performing Arts of Canada
619 Water Street East
Summerside, PEI C1N 4H8

Office: (902) 436-5377
Email: roger.downie@collegeofpiping.com

Board of Directors


The Board of Directors is made up of members in the business community who are Celtic enthusiasts. They meet regularly to focus and concentrate on policy governance issues which establish direction and guidelines for management. With a relatively small faculty and staff, their assistance and expertise are critical.

Current members of the Board for The College of Piping include:

  • Hon. Joe McGuire, P.C, Chairman
  • Mark MacLean, Vice Chairman
  • Ken Gillis, Past Chairman
  • Birt MacKinnon, Secretary
  • Preston Young, Treasurer
  • Carl Arsenault
  • Vance Bridges
  • Dr. Tiber Falzett (PhD Celtic and Scottish Studies, University of Edinburgh)
  • Don Groom
  • Debbie Hall
  • Heather Johnston
  • Jim Johnston
  • Jamie MacKay
  • Carol Ann McKay
  • Lindsay Rogers
  • Councillor Brian McFeely, City of Summerside Representative

Executive Profiles:

Joe McGuire

Joe McGuire, PC, MP is a retired Canadian politician. He was a Member of Parliament representing the Liberals in the House of Commons for the riding of Egmont in Prince Edward Island. He was first elected in 1988, and re-elected in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, and 2006. From 2003 to 2006 he was Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Paul Martin.

Before entering public life, McGuire worked as a teacher in Prince Edward Island and a vice-principal at an elementary school in Ontario. He was also a community development worker having been employed with the PEI Rural Development Council and the Community Employment Strategy. He later worked for then Egmont Member of Parliament George Henderson, as well as then Premier of Prince Edward Island, Joe Ghiz. On March 7, 2007, McGuire announced he would not run in the next federal election, choosing to retire from politics. McGuire studied at Prince of Wales College for Teacher’s Training and obtained a Bachelor of Arts at St. Dunstan’s University. Joe is married to Mary. They have two adult children, Moira married to Jesse Francis, and Matt married to Michelle Gough and they have seven grandchildren.


Ken Gillis

Ken Gillis was born in Sydney, N.S. where he started a 37 year career with Royal Bank and retired as Area Manager-Prince Edward Island. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and a graduate of Dalhousie University Executive Development Program.

He has been very active in community affairs serving on the boards of PEI Symphony, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Foundation, Island Arts and Heritage Stablization Fund, Tourism Charlottetown and Confederation Centre of the Arts and is the 2008-2009 President of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown. Ken Previously served as President of The College of Piping for four consecutive years. He also served one term on Charlottetown City Council. He resides in Charlottetown with his wife Grace and they have 5 daughters.


Preston Young

Preston Young is a native son of PEI, born and raised in the rural Eastern PEI community of Earnscliffe.

Preston is a career Royal Banker having worked for 36 years in three Atlantic Provinces holding positions of increased responsibility.  The past 28 years have been in Commercial Banking and in his current position as Senior Account Manager, he manages commercial business accounts across the Island.  He is a graduate of UPEI (BBA, 1980) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.

Preston enjoys volunteering and has been involved with annual fundraising projects for the Boys’ & Girls’ Club of Summerside, BBEMA, Boy Scouts/Girl Guides and The College of Piping.

Preston lives in Summerside with his wife, Bette.  They have two adult sons, Joel and Alex.